New Delhi: In order to reduce pressure on the Central leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to resign in wake of the party's debacle in West Bengal, party general secretary Prakash Karat has asked former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee not to resign from the party post.

Speaking after the party meeting to analyse the poll results, Karat agreed that the party’s efforts to regain lost ground during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls proved insufficient at the end.

Buddhadeb, who did not turn up for the meeting, had offered his resignation after losing the assembly elections. Sources said he has been unhappy with the central leadership over a spate of issues.

Karat had called Buddhadeb on May 15 and requested him not to resign. Sources said Karat is wary of the fact that if Buddhadeb resigns pressure would mount on him to resign in the central committee meeting scheduled for June 10-12 in Hyderabad.

Making a U-turn, Karat who was against Kerala CM VS Achutanandan contesting the assembly polls, praised the octogenarian leader for leading the party in almost returning to power in the state.

Karat, however, said the people who are writing epitaph for CPM would be proved wrong and the party would bounce back.

Defeat rattles CPM

Even before Mamata Banerjee formally takes over the charge of West Bengal, the CPM has started pulling the legs of the Trinamool chief.

CPM alleged that their party workers are being attacked across the state. CPM accused Trinamool of getting CPM workers killed. The party claimed that two party workers have been killed in last two days.

Karat appealed the democratic forces to condemn such political violence.

JPN/Bureau